With their debut full-length, Mosaic explore the sacred traditions of their Thuringian homelands, reinvigorating myths and legends which are as ancient as the mountains they stem from. Check out their new track, “She Water,” from their forthcoming record, Secret Ambrosian Fire, out December 13 via Eisenwald.

Secret Ambrosian Fire draws heavily on the traditional lore of the Hörselberge, a mountain chain situated in the most mystical of all German regions. Legend has it that this is the place where purgatory is located and where Mother Hulda leads the wild hunt through stormy winter nights. To the initiated, the weeds and flowers growing in these mountains can even be the key to the otherworld.

Mosaic use this fiery, flowery lore to forge an aural bond between this world and the world of our forebears while at the same time transitioning into a wholly new phase of their creative endeavors. They feed the Secret Ambrosian Fire with their love of poetry, weaving their own interpretations of works by poets such as Georg Trakl, Else Lasker-Schüler, and Paul Celan, as well as more regionally known artists like Hanns Cibulka, into their songs.

Widely known for their daring, shapeshifting approach to creating music, Mosaic now go a step further to create an album that is ultimately uncompromising. Reduced song structures leave space for the atmosphere to unfold, and every single song is allowed to bloom in its unique manner.

The band invited several highly distinguished guest artists to contribute to and make their own mark on this inimitable record, including Grift’s Erik Gärdefors and Sean Kratz of labelmates Osi and the Jupiter, among many others, with special spoken introductions by Empyrium’s Schwadorf for the vinyl edition.

Secret Ambrosian Fire is an offering of experimental, ambient soundscapes, traditional motifs, and bewitching incantations, shaken by eruptions of masterfully crafted black metal. To put it into one word: Secret Ambrosian Fire is SUPREME THURINGIAN FOLKLORE.

“‘She-Water’ represents the purest form of Mercury within the Double Tria Principia concept on this album,” the band says. “It is the direct key to the otherworld. While the song musically is really static, repetitive, and full of melancholy, the text is a real sanguine prayer, heralding the rising triumph of the otherworld under the banner of Mother Hulda.

Preorder the album here. 

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